The Lakers made it official Monday, naming former Pacers and Magic coach Frank Vogel their next head coach.
“I look forward to coaching such phenomenal talent and bringing my strategic vision to the team.”
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) May 14, 2019
“We are excited to add Frank Vogel as the next head coach of the Lakers,” Lakers GM Rob Pelinka announced in a statement. “Coach Vogel has a proven track record of success in the NBA Playoffs, and he reflects the core qualities we were looking for in a head coach – including, detailed game preparation, extreme hard work, and holding players accountable to the highest basketball standards.”
“I am very excited for this opportunity to join the Lakers, a prestigious organization that I have long admired,” Vogel said. “I look forward to coaching such phenomenal talent and bringing my strategic vision to the team.”
Vogel, 45, led the Pacers to five playoff series in six years after being named Indiana’s interim coach in 2011. He was hired by Orlando in 2016 but was fired at the end of the 2017-18 season. He posted a 304-291 (.511) career mark in 595 games
According to an ESPN report Saturday, former Bucks and Nets head coach Jason Kidd is expected to join him as a lead assistant.
Vogel’s deal is reportedly for three years, according to ESPN.
The Lakers reportedly favored former Cavaliers coach and longtime friend of superstar forward LeBron James for the job, but negotiations fell apart over a contract dispute.